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|CHARLES C. WASE
Graveside services for Charles C. "Chris" Wase, 45, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Westview Memorial Park Cemetery.ÊThe Revs. Lloyd Brock and John Griggs officiated and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home was in charge.
Memorials may be made to the NYI Youth Group of the First Church of Nazarene, 1909 W. Bobo Newsome Hwy., Hartsville, SC 29550.
Mr. Wase died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001.ÊBorn in Darlington County, he was a son of Charles Howard and Patsy Penny Wase.ÊHe was a member of the First Church of Nazarene and was employed with Tytt Budget of Pine Ridge.
Surviving are his mother and father of Hartsville; sister and brother-in-law,
Gloria and Gary White of Hartsville; and nephews, Brad and Michael White.
Mrs. Goodson was born in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Elliot and Hattie Capers Herriot and was educated in the public schools. She was married to the late Willie Goodson of Lydia on April 11, 1943, and together they continued to support their family through the art of farming. She was the natural mother of one child, Annie Maple, who died in 1995. She also mothered four other children as her own, two of which survive her. Mrs. Goodson's entire life was lived as a true believer with strong faith and Christian attitude. She loved to worship her Lord and Savior in her home, her community and her church, the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Bishopville. She loved people and had a reciprocal love between herself and her grandchildren. She personally raised four of her grandchildren and two of her great-grandchildren.
Survivors are one son, Claudis (Harriet) Goodson of Petersburg, Va.;
a daughter, Annie Lee McDaniel of Bishopville; grandchildren raised as
her own, Billy (Deirdre) Goodson, Robert (Dianne) Goodson, Tyrone (Sharon)
Hicks, Charlie Goodson and Molly Rodgers. Also a loving daughter-in-law,
Mary Jane Goodson; 30 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
REV. WALTER ALFORD
DONALD RAY ROGERS
Mr. Rogers died Wednesday, Dec. 26, in New Haven, Conn. He was born in Chesterfield County, a son of Susie Outen Dallas and Ned Rogers. He received his education in Chesterfield County public schools and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Surviving, other than his mother and father, both of McBee, are his
stepfather, Ernest Dallas of McBee; two children, Domique Rogers of Lydia
and Dearria Rayshawn Peoples of Washington, D.C.; four brothers, Greg Rogers,
Jason (Darlene) Rogers, Ned Harper and Dustin Harper, all of McBee; two
half sisters, Denise (Tony) Robinson and Loretta (Tyrone) Gilford, both
of Kershaw; eleven aunts, five uncles; six great aunts and a host of nieces,
nephews and other close relatives and friends.
Mr. Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 29. She was born in Marlboro County, he was a son of the late Carl and Elva Freeman Jackson. He was formerly employed with Oak River Mills and attended the First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are four brothers, Rev. Randy Jackson of Hartsville; Keith
Jackson of Great Falls, Eric Jackson and Richard Jackson of Bennettsville;
two daughters, Patricia McDowell and Lee Ann Jackson of Bennettsville;
two sisters, Elattis Frazier and Edna Keating of Bennettsville and a grandchild,
LORRAINE J. DRIGGERS
Mrs. Driggers died Saturday, Dec. 29. Born in Marlboro County, she was a daughter of the late Brantley an Nellie Parker Driggers. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was married to the late James E. Driggers.
Surviving are a son, Bobby Driggers of McBee; a daughter, Karen Byrd
of Society Hill; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded
in death by a daughter, Phyllis Clay.
DOROTHY M. McCATHERN
Mrs. McCathern died Friday, Dec. 28. She was born in Kershaw County, a daughter of the late David and Naomi Hopkins Boone.
Surviving are her husband, Alford V. McCathern of Bishopville; five
sons, Terry McCathern of Hartsville, Mitchell, Ricky, Tracy, Norman McCathern,
all of Bishopville; two brothers, Lloyd and Jack Boone of Kershaw and 11
Surviving are his wife, Louise S. Broom McDonald of Hartsville; step-son
and step-daughter-in-law, Derrell and Faye Broom of Hartsville; step daughters
and step-son-in-law, Sandra Lawson of Clinton, Linda and Tracy Hinson of
Cassatt, Susan Atkinson of Winter Haven, Fla.; brother, Murray McDonald
of Boston, Mass.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Chapman, of Hartsville,
Edna Mae and D.C. Poston of Hartsville, Sue and Mark Byrd of Hartsville
and special grandchildren, Dee Dee Howle and Joy Terry.
JESSICA B. CREECH
Born in Sylva, N.C., she was the daughter of Roy C. McClure and the late Irene McClure and Jesse Buchanan. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Hartsville, where she sang in the choir, played hand bells, taught Bible school, and was a member of the Josephine Erwin Circle. Mrs. Creech also was known for her beautiful wreaths which were used to raise money for the First Baptist Church Missions Bazaar for more than 10 years.
Mrs. Creech was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she had served as an officer and Past Worthy Matron and currently was serving an active role.
Mrs. Creech received the B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the M.S. degree from Kansas State University. Additional courses and workshops in computers, biology, marine biology, drug and substance abuse, photography for teachers, adolescent psychology, curriculum planning, chemistry laboratory methods, and supervisory teaching in the secondary school were completed at Clemson University, Francis Marion University, several branch campuses of the University of South Carolina, at the University of Georgia, Western Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Mrs. Creech taught in Canton, N.C.; Clayton, Ga.; and 26 years in Darlington County Schools (Hartsville Junior High School, Hartsville High School, and Darlington High School). She was currently teaching at Trinity Collegiate School. Mrs. Creech sponsored, coordinated and judged the science fairs at the schools at which she taught. She served as a Master Teacher in biology at Clemson University. She served as science department coordinator at Hartsville High School. She also served as a merit badge counselor for Boy and Girl Scouts, and was involved in other scouting activities. She was involved in a variety of projects and activities to stimulate the interest of elementary school children in science and scientific projects. Other school responsibilities included membership on key committees such as the School Climate Team, which was responsible for the smooth merger and integration of Butler and Hartsville High School faculties and students.
Her honors were numerous, and included the U.S.C. Chapter of Sigma XI,
"Science Teacher of the Year" in 1985, the Cryovac Division of the W.R.
Grace and Company and the South Carolina Academy of Science 1986 Award
for Excellence in Secondary School Science Teaching, and First Runner Up
or Honorable Mention for this award for the previous five years. Mrs. Creech
was also a 1986 State of North Carolina Distinguished Women Awards Nominee,
Surviving are her beloved step-father, Roy C. McClure; husband, Robert
Young Creech, III; daughters, Kathryn Linder of Columbia and Erin Creech
of Tallahassee, Fla.; and brothers Samuel Buchanan of Sylva, N.C. and Roy
Bryson McClure of Covington, Ind.
Mr. Odom died Sunday, Dec. 30. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Alma Hall Odom Hess and the late Allen Odom.
Surviving are his spouse, Celeste Skipper Odom of Lamar; son, C. P. Duren of Lamar; daughters, Tiffany Odom and Stacy Duren, both of Lamar, and Elena Walker of Kannapolis, NC; mother of Hartsville; brothers, Richard Odom of Kannapolis, NC, Michael Odom and Steve Odom, both of Hartsville; sisters, Joyce Darnell and Dorothy Dixon, both of Hartsville, Crystal Beasley of Columbia; a grandchild.
WILLIE B. CROLLEY
Mrs. Crolley died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001. She was born in Hartsville, the daughter of the late George Bennie and Lula Blackwell Gardner. She was a member of Fourth Street Baptist Church in Hartsville and retired owner of Crolley Grocery and City Cab Co., and a Charter Member of Wateree MotherÕs Club. Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Janie R. Crolley; two grandchildren, Cheryl Hood and her husband, Stephen, of Lugoff, and Parley E. ÒPeanutÓ Crolley III and his wife, Helen, of Camden; four great-grandchildren, Will Durant of Camden, and Charles Durant of Lugoff, Tara Boone and Vince Paschal, both of Camden; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildred Chandler and Ruby Hawkins, both of Hartsville.
She was preceded in death by a son, P.E. Crolley Jr.; a brother, G.B.
Gardner Jr.; and three sisters, Inez Hawkins, Mae Player and Nellie Cain.
REV. WALTER ALFORD
In the tradition of a devoted life in the service of the Lord, Pastor Walter Thomas Alford Sr. made his annual trip, for the last time, to the Church of God Campgrounds in Augusta, Ga., on Dec. 28, 2001. At approximately 11:30 a.m. he was called to his final duty standing in the vestibule of the Augusta Church of God to minister to a lost soul that expressed a great desire to be set free from the burden of sin and experience the joy of salvation. In his humble obedient way, this spiritual giant labored to win the soul of a young woman for the Lord and as he prayed the Lord looked upon His faithful servant and ushered him into His presence. For, Òto be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.Ó When the death angel came at 11:40 a.m., Pastor Alford was walking with the Lord.
On Sept. 18, 1911, Walter Thomas Alford was born to Jesse Thomas and Susanna Mack Alford. He was the second of seven children born to this union. His immediate family affectionately called him ÒBubba.Ó He distinguished himself among his siblings early in life, as being different. By age 15, this different quality was manifested through his conversion to Christ. He started his Christian walk with absolute resolve to serve the Lord with a faithful heart. He became an avid reader of GodÕs Word and read the Bible in its entirety right from the start as a youth. He began his service in the Vineyard of the Lord in the Methodist church as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and church secretary at the Sandy Grove Methodist Church for two years. Then he moved his membership to Emanuel AME Church where he served in the same positions for the next two years. His study of GodÕs Word lead him to the Church of God Reformation Movement, headquarters in Anderson, Indiana in 1931. Thereafter, he proclaimed that this change led him to fully embrace GodÕs Word, which reads, ÒBe ye holy, for I AM Holy, and Without Holiness no man shall see the Lord.Ó This marked the beginning of a great servant of the Lord . . . called to be a Saint. He continued to show forth a remarkable understanding of GodÕs Word, always lending his spiritual ears to the voice of the Lord. He truly accepted the fact that it was the Holy Spirit who leads and directs GodÕs children in to all truth and reveals the deep understanding of His word. WalterÕs ability to discern and teach GodÕs Word even as a youth amazed those who came to know him.
While still a teen-ager, Walter began to pray to the Lord for his helpmate. He often shared the story of how he put several fleece before God to get confirmation on who would become his bride. Eventually, by age 21, he was satisfied that he had received his answer from the Lord and on Sept. 3, 1932, he married the former Lillie Bell Franklin and God blessed this union with 10 children . . . five girls and five boys.
As a young family man he resided in Lamar, and situated himself with the Lamar Church of God serving in the capacity of Sunday school superintendent, youth leader, teacher and janitor. After a period of time, he moved his family to Timmonsville and joined with other pioneers of the faith to build the Timmonsville Church of God edifice.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 69 years, Mrs. Lillie B. Alford; five daughters, Jessie A. Stuckey of Washington, D.C., Mary A. Yarborough of Aiken, Gradye A. Stephen of Paterson, N.J., Beverly Alford of District Heights, Md., and Linda Rene Alford of Florence; three sons, Norman L. Alford of Freeport, Bahamas, William Alford of Darlington, and Reginald Alford of Hartsville; two sons-in-laws, Maxi Stuckey Sr. of Washington, D.C., and Allen Stephen of Paterson, N.J.; one daughter-in-law, Carolyn Alford; four sisters, Ellen Pickett of Norfolk, Va., Alberta Mack of Timmonsville, and Rosa Lee Hines and Minnie Lee George, both of Hartsville; one brother, Dock Blythers of Lamar; one aunt, Louise ÒSweeterÓ Ashwood of Bennettsville; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Johnnie Lee Alford of Wilmington, N.C., and Lillian Alford of Marion; one brother-in-law, Joseph Scott of Baltimore, Md.; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his two eldest sons, Walter Alford Jr. and
Willie F. Alford.
Mr. DuBose died Monday, Dec. 31, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Monroe and Garon Lee DuBose. He received his education in the public schools of Darlington County and was a member of Sandy Bluff United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Tessie Hough DuBose of Hartsville and a host
of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.
Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002.ÊBorn in Lee County, he was a son of the late John Marion and Annie Mayes Smith Johnson.ÊHe was a member of West Hartsville Baptist Church and for 40 years was owner and manager of Everett Johnson Reality and Construction Co.ÊHe was a member of the Lions Club and was a member and newsletter editor for the Central High School Alumni Association.
Surviving are his wife, Christine King Johnson of Hartsville; daughter
and son-in-law, Susan and Richard Schroer of Florence; sons and daughter-in-law,
Eric Johnson and Dale and Mary Ellen Johnson, allÊ of Hartsville;
brother, Leon Johnson of Greenville; grandchildren, Erica Bedenbaugh, Matthew
Bedenbaugh, Seth Johnson, Greyson Johnson, Heather Schroer, Joshua Schroer.
Mr. Smith died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002.Ê Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late James Tillman and Henrietta Myers Smith.ÊHe was a member of Black Creek Baptist Church, served in the U. S. Air Force, and was engaged in farming.
Surviving are his wife, Pat Spring Smith of Dovesville; sons and daughter-in-law,
Mike and Amy Smith of Dovesville, Tim Smith of Florence; daughters, Debbie
Smith of Sumter, Wendy Hutchinson of Summerville; grandchildren, Nicole
Chaplin, Courtney Osmundson, and Taylor Hutchinson.ÊHe was predeceased
by a son, Herbie Smith.
Mr. Clyburn died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. He was born in Lancaster County, a son of the late Frank and Daisy Frazier Clyburn. He was educated in the public schools. He worked as a truck driver for several companies, Coker Wholesale Company, the Jordan Truck Line, Mercury Motor Express, Chapman Truck Line, Hickland Motor Line, and Nelson Motor Express with a total of 33 years tenure.
Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Clyburn of New York, N.Y., Pleasant
Woodham of Hartsville, and Debra "Tyrone" Gregg of Darlington; three sons,
Herbert Clyburn of New York, N.Y., Arnett Poston and Harlie Poston, both
of Hartsville; four sisters, Bleker Wilkins of Hartsville, Ethel Johnson
of Charlotte, N.C., Delores Robinson of Charlotte, N.C., and Floree Harris
of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; four brothers, Tom Clyburn of Hartsville, Clyde Clyburn
and Frank Clyburn, both of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Henry Clyburn of Baltimore,
Md.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Dixon died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Hart Dixon and the late Mauise "Sug" Strickland Dixon.
Surviving are his father of Patrick; brother, Michael Dixon of Patrick;
sisters, Valerie D. Keith of Hartsville, Gloria D. Gandy of Society Hill,
and Arlene D. Price of Patrick; special aunt, Ethelene "Dunc" Strickland
Wolfe of Rivesville, W.V.; and special friend, April Chavers of Florence.
MARY M. BACOTE
Mrs. Bacote died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, in a Hartsville hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Walter and Olivia Coleman McCall. She attended Darlington County public schools. Mrs. Bacote was a faithful member of Bethesda Baptist Church where she served as an usher, deaconess, and in the Missionary Society, Senior Choir and What I Can Club. She was also a member of the O.E.S. Triumph Chapter #128.
Surviving are a son, Alfred E. Bacote of Greenbelt, Md.; five grandchildren, Maceo Bacote, Timothy Bacote, Clarence Bacote, Alfreda Bacote and Freda Johnson, all of Maryland; seven great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Wake services were at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and other
times at the residence of James E. Bacote, 713 Rosenwald St., Society Hill.
JANNETTE J. DAVIS
Mrs. Davis was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Louie E. and Oliva Mae Watts James. She was a member of the Indian Branch United Methodist Church, the Lottie McSwain Sunday School Class and the Indian Branch Ladies Aid. Mrs. Davis was married to the late Cleveland M. Davis, who preceded her in death in 1972. She was retired from Lazy Boy of Florence.
Survivors include one son; Cleveland Marshall (Linda) Davis of Darlington; four daughters, Marlene Cook, Shirley Mattox and Annie Joy, all of Darlington, and Margie (Ernest) Hill of Florence; three sisters, Valerie Sturgeon of Darlington, Grace Shoemake of Hartsville, and Myrtis Johnson of Columbia; one brother, Luddrick (Faye) James of Ridge Springs; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Indian Branch UMC Building Fund, c/o Cecil
James, P.O. Box 224, Darlington, SC 29532.
BLANCHE M. CURTIS
Born in Hartsville, she was a daughter of the late Rufus Randolph and Sue DesChamps McLeod. She attended Coker College and The University of South Carolina.
Mrs. Curtis was a member of the Wildwood Garden Club, Cleveland Forest Community Club, Huguenot Society of South Carolina, Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. She was a member of Christ Church, Episcopal.
Surviving are her husband, Francis Monroe Curtis of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue Curtis and Robert J. Stanley of Durham, N.C.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James Randolph Curtis and Janie Rice Curtis of Anderson; sisters, Susan McLeod Allen of Charlotte, N.C., and Lillian McLeod Youngblood of Concord, N.C.; grandchildren, James Randolph Curtis Jr., Nancy McLeod Curtis, Frances Shepard Stanley and Virginia Blanche Stanley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huguenot Society of South Carolina, 138 Logan St., Charleston, SC 29401.
Arrangements will be announced by the Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive.
JESSIE W. "J.W." DAVIS
Billy died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002.Ê Born in Darlington County, he was a son of William Clyde and Jessie Dixon Johnson Sr.Ê He received his undergraduate and master degrees from the University of South Carolina and was a master counselor with Alcohol & Drug Abuse.
Surviving are his parents of Hartsville; sisters and brother-in-law,
Karen J. Jeffords and Gayle J. and Billy McDonald, all of Hartsville; nieces,
Tara (Jeff) Steen and Britney Jeffords; nephews, Todd Jeffords, Scott McDonald;
great nieces, Kari Steen and Emma Steen.
The family will receive friends at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil
Thomas, 1267 Finns Road, Hartsville.
Mr. Gibson died Sunday, Jan. 6, in a Florence hospital after a short illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Perry and Sadie White Gibson. He attended Darlington County public schools. He lived most of his adult life in Thomasville, N.C., where he was gainfully employed. In 1996, he returned to Darlington County and for the last five years he was caretaker for his sister, Genever.
Survivors include a daughter, Gwendolyn Gibson and one granddaughter of Darlington; five sisters, Leila Gibson, Rose (Charles) Carter, Genever Gibson, all of Darlington, Christine Gibson of Thomasville, N.C. and Mable (Al) Mack of Columbia; three brothers, Marion (Christine) Gibson, Troy Gibson, both of Darlington and Sylvester Gibson of Thomasville, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Easter Gibson of Darlington; an aunt, Mrs. Leona Eckridge of Buffalo, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.
The family is receiving friends at the home of a sister, Leila Gibson of 206 Murrywood Street, Darlington.